Caroline Rancourt Groves, 84: Loved her family, the outdoors and baking
YARMOUTH — Caroline Rancourt Groves, 84, of Yarmouth died on Aug. 24 at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She was born in Solon on Sept. 10, 1927, the daughter of the late Frank and Martha Rancourt.
Groves grew up in Solon and graduated high school in 1945. She then attended the University of Maine and graduated to become a home economics teacher. She met her husband, Franklin, at an alumni dance at UMO.
They lived in various places including Erie, Pa., and New York City. The couple eventually settled in Tolland, Conn., where she taught home economics to middle schoolers for over 20 years. Caroline received her master’s degree at the University of Connecticut in 1974.
The couple spent every summer at camp on Cousins Island, where they eventually retired. There she enjoyed picking berries, going for walks, flower gardens, sailing and boating, swimming in Casco Bay, picnics, lobster and clam bakes. Groves was renowned for her potato salad and her berry pies.
Her family history in Solon was very important to her and she shared that history with her children by telling them where each family antique came from along with a story or two. Being from Maine also meant being a Red Sox fan. Caroline loved going to her grandchildren’s sporting events.
Groves was very devoted to her children and grandchildren. She always wanted guests to stay for lunch or supper and there were always homemade snacks to be had – cookies, cake, pies or breads.
Groves is survived by her husband of 62 years, Franklin Groves; her son, Carl Groves and his wife, Leslie, and grandson, Samuel; her son, Steven Groves and grandchildren, Benjamin and Kyle Groves; her daughter, Karen Mokarzel and her husband, John, and grandson, Joshua Mokarzel, and granddaughter, Danielle Mokarzel.
Groves was predeceased by her sister, Jean Rancourt Spencer.
A funeral service was held Aug. 28 at First Parish Church Congregational in Yarmouth with Rev. Kate Dalton officiating. Burial followed in Cousins Island Cemetery.